Rankin reimagines His Dark Materials covers

Rankin reimagines His Dark Materials covers

Rankin has reimagined the covers of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy in new editions for the adult market. 

“Rankin has taken the bond and energy between character and daemon, the emotional core of the books, and delivered breath-taking photography-as-art,” Scholastic said of the photographer’s new interpretation. 

The new editions of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass will be published in paperback on 2nd September featuring covers created by Rankin. 

Andrew Biscomb, creative director at Scholastic UK, signed the artwork deal for world rights with the Rankin Agency.  

“Only Rankin can light and photograph faces with such intensity and drama," Pullman said of the new editions. "I’m delighted with this vision of my story.”  

Rankin said: “Millions of people worldwide have escaped into Philip Pullman’s astonishing, timeless fantasy world over the decades; these books are truly iconic, and I am a huge fan of them. It has been an honour to photograph these special edition covers which capture the unique bond between character and daemon, the soul of the stories”  

Biscomb and Lauren Fortune, fiction publisher, commented: “Philip Pullman and Rankin are towering artists in their respective fields, and when the opportunity arose for them to collaborate on a new edition of Philip’s masterpiece, His Dark Materials, we knew that the results would be stunning. Rankin’s lens reflects both the clarity and emotion of Pullman’s prose, and the enduring power of these texts to speak to a new audience.”  

There are also other plans for publication of the series. On 21st October, Scholastic will published the second illustrated edition of His Dark Materials. The Subtle Knife features full-colour illustrations by artist Chris Wormell created using his woodcut technique. Wormell's involvement was announced last year, to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the publication of the first in His Dark Materials trilogy. 

On 4th November, 20 years after they first published, Scholastic will reissue the classic fine art cover editions of His Dark Materials as collectable hardbacks. Each features an artwork such as "Jeune Fille en Vert et Rouge", painted by Balthus in 1944, on Northern Lights.  

His Dark Materials was first published by Scholastic UK between 1995 and 2000, winning prizes the Costa Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Carnegie of Carnegies. The recent BBC/HBO series featured a cast including Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff and Lin-Manuel Miranda.